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Recent articles by Shannon:

Working hard to make natural habitats for animals at the NC Zoo!

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — The North Carolina Zoo is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo. The zoo’s horticulture staff works hard to create natural habitats for all of the animals. In this Zoo Filez, their work really stands out inside the desert dome! → Read More

Greensboro’s Wicked Burgers Taco & Brews is ax-throwin’ good

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — You’ve heard of dinner and a movie, right? What about lunch and axe throwing? You can now give that a try at Wicked Burgers Tacos and Brews. The restaurant just added an axe-throwing space in the parking lot where customers can play games and try to hit a bullseye. Inside, the […] → Read More

Huge new food hall in High Point can satisfy any appetite

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — High Point has a huge new food hall. At 12,000 square feet, Stock and Grain Assembly can hold nine restaurants and two bars. It sits beside the High Point Rockers Baseball Stadium, which will also be home to the newly announced professional soccer team. Currently, five dining options are available in […] → Read More

How NC Zoo staff make sure animals are OK during construction

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Construction is already underway on the largest expansion at the North Carolina Zoo in decades. The Asia habitat will sit in the center of the zoo between the current North America and Africa habitats. While it’s exciting to have new attractions and animals, it also means some growing pains to deal with. In […] → Read More

Let Gate City Provisions take you on a world tour…sandwich style!

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — August is National Sandwich Month! You can celebrate by eating sandwiches from all over the world by stopping by one of the Triad’s newest restaurants. Gate City Provisions opened in June. The owners are long time restaurant owners in Greensboro, previously running Smith Street Diner, Bistro Sophia, and several other spots. […] → Read More

NC Zoo mourns Reilly for World Lion Day

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — This week, zoos around the world celebrated World Lion Day. It was certainly bittersweet for the North Carolina Zoo. They recently lost their male lion, Reilly, who was the oldest of his kind in any zoo in North America. He passed away earlier in the month after a long battle with […] → Read More

Route 64 Diner strives for affordable and delicious in Asheboro

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Taking your family out to dinner these days can quickly add up. Despite the high price of food, one local diner is striving to keep its prices low. A family runs Route 64 Diner in Asheboro. Tara and Jon Snow have four kids and know how expensive it is for families to go […] → Read More

Behind-the-scenes look at the NC Zoo’s new baboon habitat

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — The North Carolina Zoo is home to one of the largest baboon troops in the country, but it’s been a while since guests have been able to see them. The baboons have been living behind the scenes while construction crews build them a new habitat. In today’s Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith […] → Read More

600 Degrees offers high-end, unique concept to downtown Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — An area of Winston-Salem once packed with people making cigarettes is now becoming a dining destination for foodies. The old RJ Reynolds tobacco plants downtown have been transformed into a variety of shops and restaurants. Diners can choose from a Mexican restaurant, pizzeria or a new high-end spot called 600 Degrees. 600 […] → Read More

Meet the NC Zoo’s newest animal ambassador

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — An armadillo is the newest animal ambassador at the North Carolina Zoo! Arlo is a three-banded armadillo. He arrived at the North Carolina Zoo and is training to be able to meet and interact with people in up-close encounters. Shannon Smith introduces us to Arlo in today’s Zoo Filez. → Read More

Abby, NC Zoo rhino, loses her horn

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — The largest of the nine rhinos at the North Carolina Zoo looks a lot different lately. This spring, Abby the 5,660 pounds rhino, accidentally damaged her 22 inch horn! In today’s Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith tells us what happened and it means for Abby’s future. → Read More

It takes a big heart to be a North Carolina Zookeeper, but it’s not always easy

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Unfortunately, so many of us know how difficult it is to say goodbye to our pets. So, you can imagine what zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo go through too often. They care for hundreds of animals and loss is a frequent part of their job. Mental health experts say that can […] → Read More

C’sar, North America’s oldest African bull elephant, to turn 48 at the North Carolina Zoo

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — The oldest African male elephant in North America lives at the NC Zoo. C’sar turns 48 on July 25. Zoo staff wants everyone to celebrate the big guy. The elephant keepers are throwing a birthday bash at 9:30 a.m. on July 25th. C’sar will be given birthday treats and special balloons. […] → Read More

Winston-Salem woman competes on PBS cooking show

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — Starting this week, you can watch a Winston-Salem woman compete in a nationally televised cooking competition. The PBS show “Great American Recipe” premieres Friday night June 24. The show producers chose Bambi Daniels after discovering her posts about food on her Instagram page. They invited her to compete against nine other […] → Read More

North Carolina Zoo is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo. Here’s why you never noticed.

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — The North Carolina Zoo is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo. It has more than 2,600 acres, but just 500 acres are developed. Guests can enjoy many beautiful natural areas around the zoo. Some of those areas are beneficial to the environment too, like a manmade wetlands area that helps clear water […] → Read More

You can still see incredible birds at the NC Zoo

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — The aviary at the North Carolina Zoo had been a favorite spot for guests to watch hundreds of birds from around the world. The Zoo had to permanently close the building because it had become unsafe and was too expensive to repair. In today’s Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith shows us where guests can now see some of the birds they loved from the aviary. → Read More

People are ‘Roar’ing about the Triad’s new eating, entertainment complex

(WGHP) — The Piedmont’s newest eating and entertainment complex offers four floors of food and fun. Roar opened early this year in Winston-Salem and people can’t stop roaring about it. The building boasts four floors of food choices. There are two fine dining restaurants, a steak house and an authentic Italian spot. Or, diners can order from […] → Read More

Celebrate World Otter Day with the North Carolina Zoo!

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — This month, we celebrate World Otter Day. Otters live in every part of North Carolina from the coast to the mountains, and these animals play an important role in the health of our waterways. Two American river otters live at the North Carolina Zoo. Shannon Smith shows us in this week’s Zoo FIlez why their keepers believe they should be celebrated. → Read More

Kaleidoscope Butterfly Garden reopens at the NC Zoo

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Warmer weather means a popular attraction at the North Carolina Zoo can reopen. Guests can once again walk through the Kaleidoscope Butterfly Garden and see species from all over the world including butterflies from Asian, South America and even Africa later this summer. The butterflies are shipped to the zoo in […] → Read More

Introducing Revolution 1891, the newest restaurant offering at NC A&T

(WGHP) — A local college continues to spice up its dining options for students. From ghost kitchens to virtual dining to menus that change every month, North Carolina A&T State University is relying on technology to offer a variety of choices for students. The newest restaurant, Revolution 1891, offers online orders with pickup or a […] → Read More